How to use windows 8 on a brand new system

im building a gaming pc soon and i dont have any copies of windows cause i have macs, and i could get my gaming pc quicker if i didnt have to buy an os, so how can i install windows 8 as the first boot os?
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  1. Buy Windows 8, and install it.
  2. how much is it? cant i use the beta
  3. The Beta is not a finished product, and if you run into any problems, the first thing anyone will say is to get the final product. You could go with something like Linux.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8-Price-Promotion-Retail-Pricing,17059.html

    You may be able to get an OEM copy for less, but it will will be tied to pc once installed(and activated).
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-8-license-home-built-oem,17037.html
  4. You can use the beta, but it will expire.
  5. Windows 7 has a 30 day trial period. Gives you a little time to save up to buy the license.
  6. You can't buy windows 8 because it's not out yet. You can install the beta like any other windows, either put it on a bootable external device (ei flash drive) or a cd. When it is released, it will ask to upgrade/buy the release version, the same way windows 7 beta was handled.
  7. so if i download the beta when windows 8 actually comes out will i get it for free? can i download windows 8 beta and put it on a disk on a mac
  8. computernoob29 said:
    so if i download the beta when windows 8 actually comes out will i get it for free? can i download windows 8 beta and put it on a disk on a mac

    You can't get Winsows 8 for free. You have to but it. You can use the Beta, but just understand that it is not a complete OS(it's a testing version), and you may find an issue that won't be supported.
  9. the only legitimate way of getting windows for "Free" is if you are in a college/university with a Dreamspark/MSDNAA program as a computer science student. other than that, there isn't a free version of windows, and you would have to use something like Linux until you can pay for a windows license.
  10. Once you have installed Windows 8 (you can install Windows 8 Enterprise final for free for 90 days now ) to make it useable you must install ClassicShell or similar program to get the start menu back so that you can forget Metro.
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